Thursday, February 13, 2003
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
I'm inclined to agree with people who think that the "new new economy" will be about decentralization, but money folk are still thinking in tune with the "old new economy". In one respect the technology industry currently resembles the early 90s: companies - even competing companies - are required to cooperate with each other rather than attempt to force customers into proprietary solutions.
Tuesday, February 11, 2003
Monday, February 10, 2003
The View From Here says that a (foreign?) TV crew contrived a scene of people lining up to buy sealing materials at a hardware store.
The brochure below actually has an illustration showing how to cover up an AC unit. Eventually I'll go about sealing the window and AC unit in the room where my PC is located. If the room actually needs to be sealed I'll need to disconnect the ethernet cable that runs thru the doorway.
Sunday, February 09, 2003
I returned from the US about a week ago (stops in Colorado and the Northeast), and have been busy with a potential business venture since returning. I need to make another trip at the end of February, but my wife T. is concerned that the war with Iraq may begin while I'm away.
We received a color brochure in the mail about how to prepare a "sealed room". Our flat is on the top floor of our building, and each room has an air conditioner that's connected to the roof. Sometimes water drips from the AC in heavy rain, so I'm not sure if surrounding the whole unit with heavy plastic is sufficient. And the booklet doesn't say anything about this. But I tend to think that if there really is a chemical attack, an improvised sealed room won't help too much. Newer apartments have sealed rooms built in - these are called a "mamad" and resemble a room-sized bank safe.
Ace Hardware in Talpiot has bottled water, thick plastic sheeting, and wide tape stacked up by the checkout.
People who I talk to seem fairly complacent. Jerusalemites went through the war in '91 without being fired at, so there's a bit of a "been there, done that" type attitude.